“I was invited to attend an event by the Muslim Democratic Caucus I was asked to sit at a table in the front. The sign facing me said Kuwait. I understand why some are offended but I was not aware until someone shared this picture with me after the event. There were country signs at all the tables-one said Israel.”–Cynthia Busch, via Facebook
Broward Democrat Party Chairperson Cynthia Busch took to Facebook to offer a tepid explanation for sitting at the “Palestine” table at a recent Muslim American Democratic Caucus dinner. Several prominent members of the Broward Democrat Party were upset after reading about the Muslim Heritage Celebration Dinner in Lauderhill. The dinner, which honored State Senator Dwight Bullard, was the latest example of Broward Democrat leaders pandering to local Muslim groups.
Sharon Baron, editor of Tamarac Talk, took Busch to task. While stating she did not believe Busch knew where she was sitting, Baron wrote, “but this ‘country’ does not exist amidst the other recognized countries at the event. We have too many Jewish Dems that too probably find this offensive.”
Hal Tannenbaum wrote, “I would have walked out if I saw a table labeled Palestine and I would have audibly stated WHY!”
Beth Lerner wrote, ” I have to think about Muslim countries like Dubai or Quatar-put me at one of those tables and I’d bolt. They are corrupt, hold Indians hostage and as slaves after bringing them over for work. Take their passports. What is a good Muslim country that treats women and LGBT people as equals?”
Influential Weston Democrat Ann Zucker responded with “The issue here has nothing to do with head scarves. It is a Democratic organization with a table named Palestine and the FDP not reprimanding them for it. Focus.”
Despite these comments from her rank-and-file, Busch failed to apologize. She said she “understand[s] why some are offended.” She claims the reverse side of the “Palestine” card was labeled as “Kuwait.”
However, REDBROWARD obtained photographs of other table cards from the dinner. These cards appear to be blank on one side. The photographs show Busch was not simply “invited” to attend the dinner. Busch can been seen on stage handing a microphone to Ghazala Salam, a local Muslim activist. Former Democrat Party Chair Mitch Ceasar also spoke at the event. It’s unclear what country he was occupying. We were unable to find any photographs of the “Israel” table.
Will Palestine-gate come up at tonight’s Party meeting in Plantation? Will Busch apologize? Stay tuned.